In total, only six plans nationwide have 5-star ratings with three of them from the Mid-Atlantic region of Kaiser Permanente. In addition, no commercial or Medicaid plan received a 5 out of 5 in 2022 and Kaiser Permanente is one of only four Medicare plans to receive this rating nationwide.
The NCQA evaluates and ranks more than 1,000 health systems and plans nationwide based on 60 quality metrics that include patient care, treatment, prevention, and patient experience. While the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the healthcare industry, the Mid-Atlantic region at Kaiser Permanente has continued to prioritize providing high-quality care and exceptional patient outcomes over the past two years by leveraging the more than 1,700 physicians who work in close coordination with nurses and staff. care, integrated electronic medical record and virtual care.
“At Kaiser Permanente, we have a long-term commitment to providing the highest quality care and the best experience to our members. The latest assessments from the National Quality Assurance Authority show that year after year, our commitment to quality is growing,” said Ruth Williams Brinkley, regional president for Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic. It makes a difference for more than 825,000 members in our neighborhood.” With so many people choosing health plans for the next year, it’s important to understand how these rankings differentiate Kaiser Permanente from other health plans in our area based on metrics that help more people live longer, healthier lives. We are proud of this achievement for the Mid-Atlantic region and all Kaiser Permanente.”
Nationally, this is the seventh consecutive cycle in which Kaiser Permanente Medicare plans are the highest rated (or restricted) in each area offered, according to the NCQA’s 2022 Health Insurance Plan Ratings.
“We are humbled that we are the only health system in the country to achieve these desired outcomes,” said Richard McCarthy, MD, chief medical officer, Kaiser Permanente. “Deeply committed physicians, who work closely together in more than 60 specialties to improve the lives of our patients, are why we lead the nation in quality rankings and why research shows that Kaiser Permanente members live six years longer than the national average. Understanding health care quality is What a patient can expect is extremely important, and the NCQA website makes it easy to compare options.”
The annual report of the National Quality Assurance Authority rates plans on a scale of 0 to 5 stars, with 5 stars being the best. Only six plans received a 5-star rating in 2022—three of those plans belong to Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States. For the second year in a row, Kaiser Permanente’s Mid-Atlantic is the only health plan in the country with a 5-star rating across Business, Medicare, and Medicare.
Achieving the highest ratings means that Kaiser Permanente members continually benefit from premium care. With the recent signing of the Inflation Reduction Act into law, patients are guaranteed access to more affordable and available healthcare coverage. Consumers can compare health plans on the NCQA website at https://reportcards.ncqa.org/.
“We are proud to lead the state in terms of quality each year because of what this achievement means for our patients,” said Joseph Treto, Associate Medical Director for Quality, Kaiser Permanente, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group. “NCQA rankings are calculated based on the performance of lifesaving care such as cancer screenings, blood pressure control, diabetes care and more. Our physicians strive to lead the nation in preventing, diagnosing and treating disease because we believe it translates into longer and better lives for our patients.”
Through its uniquely coordinated, integrated approach to care, Kaiser Permanente continually provides health benefits to its members. Kaiser Permanente’s integrated delivery system, regular disease screenings, advanced treatment plans, and the successful management of chronic conditions have helped its members live longer and healthier, according to the data.
For example, Kaiser Permanente makes it very convenient to give patients mammograms. Not only can a Kaiser Permanente member get mammograms at nearly all of the 35 medical centers in the area, but thanks to an integrated and coordinated approach, mammogram results are often provided in less than an hour. If the results of the mammogram are suspicious, a follow-up diagnostic mammogram and biopsy can often be done on the same day – reducing organ stress. As the national leader in the percentage of members who receive breast cancer screening, Kaiser Permanente breast cancer patients have a lower mortality rate than national standards.
With more than 1,700 physicians covering more than 60 specialties, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, which provides care to members of Kaiser Permanente, is the largest multispecialty medical group in the region. Kaiser Permanente’s more than 825,000 members in the Mid-Atlantic have many options for accessing exceptional care, including via video, phone, secure messaging, or in person at any of Kaiser Permanente’s 35 medical offices in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. In addition to this latest national quality rating for Kaiser Permanente, in 2021 it was ranked 10thThe tenth For the year in a row, the Mid-Atlantic Health System region has received 5 out of 5 stars from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for its 2022 Health Care Plan. New Medicare ratings will be released in October.
About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are known as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente’s mission is to provide affordable, high-quality health care and improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve approximately 12.6 million members in 8 states and the District of Columbia. The care of members and patients focuses on their overall health and is guided by the physicians, specialists and team of caregivers at Permanente Personal Medical Group. Our expert medical and care teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technological developments and tools to promote health, prevent disease, deliver state-of-the-art care and manage chronic disease on a world-class level. Kaiser Permanente specializes in care innovations, clinical research, health education, and community health support. For more information, go to about.kp.org.